Enduring Controversies in Military History: Critical Analyses and Context [2 volumes]

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Spencer C. Tucker
ABC-CLIO, Sep 21, 2017 - History - 946 pages

Why did Alexander the Great's empire fall apart so soon after his death? How did France win the Hundred Years War despite England winning its major battles? Was slavery the primary cause of the American Civil War? Would it have benefited the Allies militarily to have gone to war against Germany in 1938 rather than in 1939? Should women be allowed to serve in combat positions in the U.S. military? All of these questions and many other historical controversies are addressed in this thought-provoking reference book.

By exploring every angle of some of the most contentious debates involving military history, this book builds students' critical thinking skills by supplying a complete background of the controversial topic to provide context, and also by providing multiple perspective essays written by top scholars in the field. The perspective essays present arguments for different positions on the controversy. Readers will consider the cases for and against whether Hannibal should have marched on Rome after his momentous victory at Cannae, whether the United States was justified in using the atomic bomb in Japan, whether Adolf Hitler was primarily responsible for the Holocaust, and whether torturing prisoners during the War on Terror is warranted, among many other historical military debates.

 

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Contents

PART II The Middle Ages 5001500
73
PART III The Emergence of Modern Europe and the Americas 15001825
149
PART IV The Rise of Imperialism and Nationalism 18251914
289
PART V The World at War 19141945
441
Cover page
483
Halftitle page
i
Title page
iii
Copyright page
iv
Contents
vii
Introduction
xix
PART V Continued The World at War 19141945
481
PART VI The Cold War 19451991
609
PART VII The New Millennium 1991Present
771
About the Editor and Contributors
871
Index
901
Copyright

Dedication
v

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About the author (2017)

Spencer C. Tucker is Senior Fellow in Military History for ABC-CLIO Publishing. He retired in 2003 after 36 years of university teaching, the last six as holder of the John Biggs Chair in Military History at the Virginia Military Institute.

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